If rain could wash away coronavirus, north central Ohio would likely be cleansed in the next couple of days.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Richland, Ashland, Knox and Crawford counties from Friday at midnight through Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Cleveland.

A warm front is expected to lift north into the area tonight. A line of storms with heavy rain is expected to linger around the U.S. 30 corridor late tonight and into late Saturday morning.

A series of back-building storms are expected to develop along this boundary, bringing multiple rounds of heavy rain through late morning Saturday.

A widespread 1 to 2 inches of rain are likely along a line from Findlay to Mansfield, with locally higher amounts of 3 inches or more.

There will be also a marginal risk for isolated severe thunderstorms late tonight into Saturday morning with large hail as the main threat.

Flash flooding will lead to rapidly rising and swift moving water in creeks and low lying areas.

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when there is a potential for flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Monitor the forecast and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued or if flooding develops.

The weather picture doesn't improve much Saturday and Sunday morning.

The severe weather threat will increase to a slight risk Saturday evening into early Sunday morning with a threat for damaging winds, large hail, and an isolated tornado possible.

Localized heavy rainfall and isolated flash flooding may also be possible Saturday and Saturday night.

Strong gusty southwest to westerly winds between 35 and 45 mph will be possible on Sunday.

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